Acoustic Manipulation for Life Science

December 01, 2022

Theme:Acoustic Manipulation for Life Science

Host:Dr. Song Liu

Time:22nd December 2022, 16:00-17:40

Location: Online


Acoustic actuation techniques offer a promising tool for contactless manipulation of both synthetic and biological micro/nano agents that encompass different length scales. The traditional usage of sound waves has steadily progressed from mid-air manipulation of salt grains to sophisticated techniques that employ nanoparticle flow in microfluidic networks. State-of-the-art in microfabrication and instrumentation have further expanded the outreach of these actuation techniques to autonomous propulsion of micro-agents. This talk provides a universal perspective of the known acoustic micromanipulation technologies in terms of their applications and governing physics. These manipulation methods account for both intelligent devices adept at dexterous non-contact handling of micro-agents, and acoustically induced mechanisms for self-propulsion of micro-robots. Moreover, owing to the clinical compliance of ultrasound, this talk provides future considerations of acoustic manipulation techniques to be fruitfully employed in biological applications that range from label-free drug testing to minimally invasive clinical interventions.





Prof. Song Liu received the Ph.D. degrees in control science and engineering from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, and City University of Hong Kong (CityU), Hong Kong, China, respectively, in June 2017. From July 2017 to 2018, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Robot Vision Research Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering, CityU, Hong Kong. From Jan. 2019 to Sep. 2020, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Scholar with the MEMS Group, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA. He is now serving as a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in ShanghaiTech University, Shanghai, China. He is also the director of Advanced Micro-Nano Robots Lab (, ShanghaiTech. His current research interests include ultrasonic MEMS, acoustic holography, nano-robotic manipulation, and robot learning. Visit Google Scholar for more publications at